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Description

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.

Screenshots

Sky Shark DOS title screen - EGA
Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Enemy tanks are hiding in these buildings
Sky Shark Sharp X68000 End of stage score
Sky Shark Amstrad CPC A squadron of planes and tanks attack...

Promo Images

Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5
Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore User Arcade May, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 85 out of 100 85
The One Atari ST Dec, 1988 76 out of 100 76
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide NES 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Questicle.net NES Jun, 2013 C+ 58
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1988 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45

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Trivia

Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.

Aircraft

Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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